Wilton boys swim team third in Class L, 23rd at State Open

Tommy Kealy won two events and set a meet record, leading the Wilton High boys swim team to a third-place finish at the Class L state championship meet last Wednesday night at Wesleyan University in Middletown.

The Warriors had 529.5 points to finish behind Pomperaug (818.5) and Darien (641.5). The title was Pomperaug’s seventh straight in Class L and eighth consecutive state championship overall.

Three days later, Wilton team ended its season with a 23rd-place finish at the State Open championship meet Saturday at Yale University in New Haven.

At the Class L championship, Kealy, a senior, set a new meet and school record in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing first in a time of 49.83. The previous meet record of 50.37 was set in 2008. Kealy also triumphed in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.36.

Classmate Bobby McDowell had a pair of top-three finishes, placing second in the 100 backstroke (52.73) and third in the 100 butterfly (53.11).

“Tommy Kealy had a great meet, and so did Bobby McDowell,” said Wilton head coach Todd Stevens. “They both swam really well and made All-State (top-three individual finishers in each event).”

Freshman Robby Giller was fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:49.15) and seventh in the 200 freestyle (1:49.88), and senior Callum Breene finished fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:01.06) and sixth in the 100 backstroke (54.45).

Another freshman, Will Suchy, placed seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:05.47) for Wilton.

McDowell, Kyle Wilson, Kealy and Derek Benison combined to finish third in the 200 medley relay (1:39.14), and Kealy, Giller, Breene and McDowell were third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:15.34).

Ryan Robb, Jack Abbott, Benison and Giller added a seventh-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:32.74).

Also scoring points with top-24 finishes were Suchy (12th, 1:52.83), Charlie Owens (17th, 1:53.06) and Trevor Kratz (18th, 1:54.58) in the 200 freestyle; Kyle Wilson (14th, 2:08.30) in the 200 individual medley; Benison (10th, 22.94), Robb (15th, 23.48) and Abbott (20th, 23.51) in the 50 freestyle; Abbott (12th, 54.97) in the 100 butterfly; Robb (14th, 51.78) and Benison (17th, 51.93) in the 100 freestyle; Owens (15th, 5:14.82) and Kratz (18th, 5:13.77) in the 500 freestyle; Harrison McCool (18th, 1:00.20) in the 100 backstroke; and Wilson (15th, 1:06.05) in the 100 breaststroke.

“We came into the swimming part of the meet down 96 points to Darien after the diving,” said Stevens. “There was no way we were going to catch them for second place.”

Notes: At the State Open meet, Wilton scored 73 points, with 60 of those points coming in the three relay races.

Wilton’s 200-yard medley of McDowell, Wilson, Kealy and Benison tied Bristol Central for 13th place with a time of 1:41.27. Also placing 13th was Wilton’s 400 freestyle relay of Kealy, Suchy, Breene and McDowell (3:18.49).

Robb, Breene, Abbott and Benison added a 20th-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:32.32).

Breene had Wilton’s best individual finish as he placed 16th in the 100 backstroke (55.05). He also finished 21st in the 200 IM (2:01.68).

Wilton was among several teams who had top swimmers either skip the State Open meet or only compete in relay events in order to focus their training on the upcoming YMCA nationals.